Friday, June 30, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|John S. and farm cat|
When I was teaching, I often used photographs as prompts for writing assignments. One observation can ignite a story.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
|Sue O. adds dyes to the large tray of water|
|once Sue had added all the ink that she wanted, the fabric was|
carefully placed on top of the ink-covered water
|making sure the fabric is straight and in the tray|
|allowing the fabric to take up the ink|
|revealing the dyed panel|
The panel was rinsed in plain water after it was removed from the tray.
Important Note: our instructor purchased cotton sheeting for the class and treated it with alum before the class so that it would take up the dye and so that the dye would adhere to the fabric. The fabric MUST be pre-treated.
|the ink, purchased on Amazon|
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
|Lorre H. demonstrates the technique of adding|
ink to the tray of water
|adding layers of color on top of the water|
|ink floating on top of the water|
|fabric placed on top of the ink-covered water|
|dyed fabric after rinsing and pressing|
|my collection of suminagashi dyed fabric squares|
|rinsed dyed fabric squares|
|large panel of dyed fabric|
Monday, June 19, 2017
|twenty-five blocks ready for the final clue|
February & January
Friday, June 16, 2017
|Half Circle Pi Shawl|
Needles: US size 8
Yarn: Heritage 150 Sock Yarn (Cascade Yarn)
I've always wanted to knit an Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl, but I'm not keen on full circle shawls, nor do I want to knit one until I'm 80. When I found the Anniversary Shawl patterns on Ravelry, I quickly downloaded the one I like the best: Camping.
Notes from Ravelry: Elizabeth Zimmermann was born on August 9th, 1910 (8/9/10), so this year 2010 is the 100th anniversary of her birth. This shawl is one of a set of SIX shawls designed as a tribute to EZ and a celebration of all she has done for us. They are based on her PI Shawl which can be found in her book Knitter’s Almanac. Three of the EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawls (Gull Wings, Hearts, and Camping), are full circles; modifications have been applied so that the lace design stitch repeats and the number of rounds are multiples of 8, 9, and 10 (the numbers in her birthday). The other three shawls are half-circle versions of Gull Wings, Hearts, and Camping.
There are 6 different EZ 100th Anniversary shawls (3 full-circle and 3 half-circle). They are:
EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Gull Wings
EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Hearts
EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Camping
EZ 100th Anniversary Camping Half-Circle
EZ 100th Anniversary Gull Wings Half-Circle
EZ 100th Anniversary Hearts Half-Circle
Have you knit an Elizabeth Zimmerman Pi Shawl?
Thursday, June 15, 2017
|actual advertisement in|
While it's their celebration and they have every right to set restrictions, it seems odd to ask guests NOT to bring cameras. I've never seen anything like it before. Have you? What are your thoughts?
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
wrap around batik skirt
circa 1970s - 80s
|five 18 inch batik table mats|
|two rectangular table mats|
Trimming and Squaring
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
|28's Cousin 53|
The pattern said blocking was not necessary; however, I recommend blocking the shawl. Without blocking the shawl is barely four inches wide; with blocking, 9 inches.
I loved knitting with this yarn, and the silk it contains adds drape and softness to the shawl.
28's Cousin 53! by Lynne Ashton (Ravelry link)
Charlemont Kettle Dye - Valley Yarns (60% merino, 20% silk, 20% polyamide)
100 grams - 439 yarns (I used all but 9 grams)
Color: Whipple Blue (photos reflect color pretty accurately)
US size 7
Monday, June 12, 2017
Does anyone remember the song, "Green Door" - it's a catchy tune and may stick with you all day if you click on the image below.
What color is your front door?
Friday, June 9, 2017
|Stephanie Logan presents a Quilt of Valor|
Wyoming QOV coordinator
|Richard Lee Dunckley|
This gentleman was awarded Cheerio - QOV # 91 on May 28, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
|six knitting projects cast on and started|
My iPad and Kindle are loaded with audio books and ebooks, and I purchased a few word search pads from the Dollar Store. I've added some movies and documentaries to my Netflix account. A jigsaw puzzle is handy, and after a few weeks of recuperation, I'll probably feel like working on it, too.
I will not be driving for six - eight weeks; thus, I'll be sticking close to home other than catching a ride to physical therapy appointments. These diversions and projects should keep me from getting cabin fever.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
|12 grams of yarn remain|
Tip to tip, the shawl measures 84 inches and has 40 "teeth."
|finished and blocked cashmere Hitchhiker|
Cashmere Transformation - plying the two-strand yarn
Cashmere Hitchhiker - a work in progress and knitting notes
This shawl is light and extremely soft.
Thank you to Julie W. for gifting me the yarn and Briana F. for plying the skeins.